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Welcome to March! A repeal was introduced to combat Unrelated Business Income Tax, minimum wage advocates reignite 2018 Lame Duck debate, and Governor Whitmer released her 2019 budget recommendation.
Advocacy Corner: Week of March 1, 2019
Updates to the national Unrelated Business Income Tax, another round of Michigan auto insurance reform, state redistricting, and more in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, March 1st.
Advocacy Corner: January thru Mid-February Round-Up
Michigan’s 100th Legislature, executive branch, and the Michigan Supreme Court have each seen significant movement in shaping the state public policy arena through the first several weeks of 2019. A State of the State Address, a much anticipated release of the 2019 state budget, and more are discussed below in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, February 22nd.
State and local officials made their return to the capitol city this week as we look back at the 2018 Lame Duck session and a brief look ahead at Michigan’s 2019 public policy arena.
With one week remaining in the Lame Duck session, the legislature continued to take up action on a number of bills including Michigan school grading systems, the right of the legislature to litigate, citizen-initiated bills, and more. The U.S. House and Senate also passed significant revisions to nonprofit fringe benefits and donor disclosure rules.
On November 29, the Michigan Senate took action on three bills which seek to restructure campaign finance laws, state oversight of public elections, and the ability of the Michigan legislature to intervene in court proceedings.
The legislature also approved amendments to citizen-initiated bills which seek to change earned sick-leave and raising the state minimum wage.
Several major ballot proposals are set to appear on the upcoming November 6 ballot.
In 2018, voters will decide to either approve or reject three seminal legislative measures that, if adopted, could have significant and immediate impact throughout the state.
Ballot proposals differ from the traditional, standard process followed by lawmakers in that they give citizens the opportunity to cast their personal vote on whether or not a proposed idea becomes law.
One of the principle roles of associations is to advocate on behalf of their memberships before the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.